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Led by Makar, Pinelands Raises Bar in Girls Indoor Track and Field

Dec 07, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Junior Liz Makar had a phenomenal spring season, especially in the shot put, and should be one of the Pinelands Regional girls indoor track and field team’s primary scorers this winter.

It’s safe to say the Pinelands Regional girls indoor track and field team is on the rise. Last year, coach Matt Fuller’s crew sent three athletes to the NJSIAA Group II meet, and just missed sending a few others. The best part is that all those athletes are back for another season.

“We’re definitely a team that’s on the way up,” Fuller said, following his team’s solid spring season. “We have a lot of talented, hard-working young athletes who are committed to excellence and have a strong desire to succeed and lead the way as we build the program.”

Of course, the winter months provide a solid launching pad toward the spring season, but the Wildcats will look to build on its successes of the previous spring season as they continue to progress. And with that, more individual success seems likely as well.

Leading the charge this winter will be junior thrower Liz Makar, a shot put specialist who had a phenomenal spring as she routinely reset her school’s distance record. Makar this winter likely will be a primary point-scorer for Pinelands. Last season, she was the Ocean County and South Jersey Group II runner-up and finished 12th in Group II.

Behind Makar will be a bunch of prominent athletes seeking big performances during the coming months, including senior high jumper Teresa Jaeckel, who a year ago finished third in the county and the section before ending up 12th in Group II; and sophomore sprinter Sarah Keady, who broke onto the scene in a big way last winter by taking fourth in the county 400-meter dash, then placing sixth in the section and 13th in the group.

Senior Jaycee DeMaria, who placed eighth in the SJ II shot put, is back for another season as a solid companion thrower to Makar. Sophomore middle-distance runner Marlee Tharp also will be expected to lead the way in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. Tharp was 14th in last year’s sectional 800, and 9th in the sectional 1,600.

Adding depth to the Wildcats will be returning sprinters Samaria El Badri and Alyssa Hadzovic, senior Rachel Papernik as a hurdles specialist, and distance runners Jewel Szwed and Morgan Ross. Senior Bianca Trice also is back as one of the squad’s throwers.

Fuller expects several newcomers to the program to make a solid impact. Among that group will be freshmen Jessica Cheney and Nadya Sturies as distance runners, along with senior Kylie Kinasczuk, junior Emily Kaszuba and freshman Saige Pharo as throwers. The rest of the team includes senior Victoria Castillo, sophomores Cassidy Derflinger and Violetta Mandarakas, and freshmen Angelina Papa and Tori Trettin.

As for coach Don Angelini’s boys, they, too, will be strong in the shot put this winter. Seniors Johnathan Makar and Jacob Lucas should be the guys scoring the big points for the Wildcats. Makar was eighth in Ocean County, fifth in South Group II and 12th in Group II a year ago, while Lucas placed 20th in the county and seventh in the section.

Beyond their top two throwers, the Wildcats will need a lot of returning athletes to score more points consistently, including senior distance specialist Justin Schlatmann, who finished 12th in the county 3,200-meter run and 14th in the sectional 3,200; and senior sprinter and hurdler Patrick Princiotti.

Pinelands has a load of depth in the distance events, including juniors Nolan Rollison, Justin Bowen, Alex Dimm and Jack Roth; and sophomores Mart Villanueva, Jacob Santillanes and Adam McCloskey. Juniors Tyler Demmerle and Tim Zamora should be effective in the sprints and jumps, and sophomore Dom Darcy adds some depth in the sprints. Senior Andrew Chuderski and junior Joel Lucas will bolster the throwing crew as well.

Newcomers expected to make an impact include distance runners Brian Delbury, Colin Cadena, Richard Castro and Anthony Kline, as well as sprinter and jumper Andre Simmons and throwers Tyler Snyder and Anthony Winks.

David Biggy

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